Mark Budnik

Irwin Chair of Engineering; Electrical Engineering Program Director

Mark Budnik serves as the Houghton College Irwin Chair of Engineering and the electrical engineering program director. He is very excited to connect his faith and his interests in math, science, and engineering to help solve problems around the world.

Mark received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and his master of science and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Prior to joining the academic ranks in 2006, he worked in the electronics industry, culminating as a Principal Engineer and Director of White Goods and Motor Control at Hitachi Semiconductor.

Since entering academia, Mark has won a number of prestigious local, regional, and national teaching awards including Disney’s inaugural Inspiring Brilliance Award and the National Outstanding Teaching Medal. Since 2011, he has worked with Disney Park to host Reimagine Engineering, a new pedagogical conference focused on student and faculty development in engineering design.

When not teaching, Mark loves spending time with his family – usually focused on Legos, Mario Party, robots, and exploring the outdoors. For fun, he is trying to diversify his interests by taking tap dance lessons and music lessons. He also enjoys teaching Sunday School for first and second graders in his church.

Education

  • Purdue University, Doctor of Philosophy 2006
    • Dissertation: Power Delivery and Decoupling Networks for Nanoscale Technologies
    • Advisor: Professor Kaushik Roy
    • Named 2006 School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Purdue University, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering 1999
    • Thesis: Cross Talk Reduction Techniques for Integrated Instrumentation Amplifiers
    • Advisor: Professor Maher E. Rizkalla
  • University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering 1990

Professional Experience

  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 2006 – Present
    • Paul H. Brandt Professor of Engineering (2013–present)
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair (2013–2016)
    • Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012–present)
    • Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2006–2012)
  • BeulahWorks, LLC, Principal Engineer, Valparaiso, IN (2017–2019)
    • Artificial intelligence summer / contract work
    • Research and implementation of software and hardware artificial intelligence systems
  • Purdue University, Doctoral Student, West Lafayette, IN (2002–2006)
    • Intel Corporation, Intern, Circuit Research Labs, Hillsboro, OR (2006)
    • Research of innovative power delivery solutions for advanced nanoscale processors
    • Infineon Technologies, Intern, Infineon Power University (2003–2005)
    • Authored Fundamentals of Power Semiconductors for Automotive Applications
    • Benjamin Franklin Meissner Fellow (2002–2003)
  • Hitachi Semiconductor, Multiple Roles, Carmel, IN (1999–2002)
    • Director of White Goods Applications (2001–2002)
      • Led a team of eighteen individuals with engineering, marketing, and technical sales roles
      • Responsible for developing and supporting all new and existing engineering projects at all North American white goods customers
    • Regional Technical Manager (2000–2001)
      • Recruited and led a team of four application engineers
      • Defined corporate flagship product for 2003, the faTinyController microcontroller family
    • Staff Field Application Engineer 1999 – 2000
      • Responsible for providing technical support microcontroller and microprocessor designs
      • Field Application Engineer of the year in 2000
  • National Semiconductor, Senior Application Engineer 1995 – 1999
    • Provided design and application support for over $65,000,000 of business
    • Reviewed all new analog and mixed signal integrated circuits for feasibility and market acceptance as part of management’s elite North American Linear Action Team
    • Authored corporate five-year strategic business plan for new analog product
  • SGS-Thomson Microelectronics, Marketing Engineer 1990 – 1995
    • Acted as technical liaison for domestic and international smart power design centers for the development of ten custom digital, analog, and mixed signal integrated circuits
    • Co-defined and participated in the development of more than ten custom digital, analog, and mixed signal integrated circuits
    • Awarded International Team of the Year in 1994

Teaching Interests

  • Circuits
  • Embedded systems
  • Design
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
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